Teen says he is not guilty in knock out crime

Deontae Howard in court, accused of knockout game in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
Deontae Howard in court, accused of knockout game in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Deontae Howard pleaded not guilty, charged with two counts of robbery in what Montgomery County prosecutors call “the knock out game”.

Authorities say 17 year old Howard and another teen attacked a homeless man in an alley off East Fifth St. in Dayton, hitting him in the back of the head and stealing three dollars from his wallet.

Police also say in another incident, Howard and another teen attacked another victim in the same manner, stealing 7 dollars.

Because Deontae Howard told the court he could not afford an attorney, the court is providing him with a private counsel because the public defender’s office is unable to take any more cases right now.

He was indicted earlier this week and will be tried as an adult, appearing in court again July 22nd at 9:30 am. He remains held on a 250 thousand dollar bond.

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